We bring you the weekly roundup of the top ten news in the agriculture sector.
1. Contribution of agriculture and allied sectors has increased 26.8% since 2013-14
The total contribution of agriculture and its allied sector has increased 26.8% – from Rs 16,09,198 crore during 2013-14 to Rs 20,40,079 crore during 2020-21 – in terms of value, said Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. Read more here.
2. Fed up with chemical-laden veggies, a woman starts organic farming for her Child in Tamil Nadu
S Jayalakshmi had lived 14 years in Canada and after that, she returned to Chennai in 1992 and found herself in difficulty. It was very hard for her to find chemical-free fruits & vegetables for her daughter who was suffering from some allergies. At last, she received help from her cousin, who offered her a 5-acre patch from her land for organic farming. Read more here.
3. Insecticides (India) Ltd. launches Herbicide Hachiman for soybean & other pulses crops
Keeping in mind the need of farmers to control all types of weeds in soybean as well as other pulses crops during the ongoing Kharif season, Insecticides (India) Ltd., a leading agrochemical company has launched ‘Hachiman’, a new post-emergence herbicide that will stamp out both broad-leaf and narrow-leaf weeds. Read more here.
4. Good News! Small tea growers and horticulture farmers can now avail benefits of PM Kisan Yojana
Good News for small tea growers and horticulture farmers in India. Now they can also avail themselves of the benefits under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, popularly known as the PM-KISAN scheme. Read more here.
5. Corteva agriscience signs 3-year project with 2030 WRG to promote sustainable rice cultivation in UP
Corteva Agriscience, a global agricultural company, announced on Thursday that it has inked a three-year project with the World Bank Group’s 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) to promote sustainable rice farming on 40,000 acres in Uttar Pradesh. Read more here.
6. Farmer’s son from Sonipat grabs Rs. 67 lakhs salary package at Amazon
Persistence pays off in the end, and there is no replacement for it. It couldn’t be more valid in the context of a Sonipat farmer’s son, who has got a job that would change his life forever. Avnish Chhikara, 22, had to pay for his B Tech costs by offering home tuitions, but now he works for Amazon and earns Rs 67 lakh a year. Read more here.
7. Standing committee on agriculture invites public opinion on Pesticide Management Bill
For the first time in history, it has happened that the government has asked for the opinion of the public with regards to the Pesticide Management Bill. It seems like the tides are turning. “The Pesticide Management Bill, 2020” is under evaluation by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture (2020-21) under the Chairpersonship of P. C. Gaddigoudar, MP. Read more here.
8. PMFBY latest update: Insurance companies to include names of the nominee in Crop Insurance Scheme
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016 with the objective to provide insurance coverage and financial support to the farmers in the event of failure of any of the notified crop as a result of natural calamities and pests & diseases. Read more here.
9. Agri Scientists receive Indian Council of Agricultural Research Award
Plant Pathology-Agriculture Research Station, Principal Scientist, T.S.S.K. Patro and his team of scientists Y. Sandhya Rani, U. Triveni, M.M.V. Srinivasa Rao, and D. Anuradha received the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR)-New Delhi on Friday for their contribution in improving the socio-economic status of tribal farmers in Andhra Pradesh’s the Eastern Ghats. Read more here.
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